U.S and Maryland History, Nineteenth Century; Social and Cultural History;
Catholic history; Civil War Civilians
Patricia Anderson graduated from Towson University with a history degree in 1996 and earned her PhD in History at the University of Delaware in 2008. Her dissertation, "'By Legal or Moral Suasion Let us Put it Away': Temperance in Baltimore, 1829–1870” is under contract to be published in 2012 as a book by Northern Illinois University Press. She is currently researching the history of women imprisoned in Baltimore during the Civil War.
Dr. Anderson is also the Director of Publications and Library Services for the Maryland Historical Society and editor of the Maryland Historical Magazine. She has served as a member of the History Advisory Council for the Women’s Industrial Exchange, the Baltimore History Writers Group, and the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. In 2008, in collaboration with Elizabeth Schaaf, she developed, designed, and installed an exhibit titled “Johns Hopkins’s Baltimore,” at Clifton, Johns Hopkins’s summer home. She also served as a consultant and image researcher for Ken Burns’ documentary “Prohibition.”
By Legal or Moral Suasion Let us Put it Away': Temperance in Baltimore, 1829–1870 (Northern Illinois University Press, forthcoming).
Recent Lectures and Presentations
“‘Traitorous Demoiselles’: Women Imprisoned in Baltimore, 1861–1865,” Southern Historical Association, October 2011.
“‘The Same Religious Persuasion as the Children’: Catholics and the Female Humane Association Charity School of Baltimore,” American Catholic Historical Association, April 2009.
“‘The Very Foundation of Your Association is a Free and Generous Sacrifice’: Catholics and Temperance in Antebellum Baltimore,” Society for the Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR), July 2005.
Recent Book Reviews
Review of Scott C. Martin, Devil of the Domestic Sphere: Temperance, Gender, and Middle-class Ideology, 1800–1860, in Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, 133 (2009).
African American history, Race and Gender studies, Death and Cemeteries, African Diaspora, U.S. 20th century history
The Niagara Movement: The Black Protest Reborn (2008)
"When Did the n-word become about Freedom of Speech? Understanding the Effects of When the n-word is Spoken in the Classroom" within Postcolonial Composition Pedagogy: Using the Culture of Marginalized Students to Teach Writing (2011)
Women’s and gender history; cultural and intellectual history; Cold War history; the history of social and political movements
Recent Lectures and Presentations
“Why Women’s History?: Women, Historical Consciousness, and the 2012 Election,” Maryland State Convention, American Association of University Women, April 2012
• “Stanley Kowalski Goes on the Phony Road: The New Left, Popular Culture, and Identity Construction,” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, November 2010
• “‘Everyday Reality Is Not Enough for the Actor’: Stella Adler, Liberal Feminism, and the Politics of Aesthetic Self-Reliance," National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO, November 2010
• “The Art of Politics / The Politics of Art: Tennessee Williams and His Audience,” Society for U.S. Intellectual History Conference, New York, NY, October 2010
Awards and Honors
Dissertation Fellowship, American Association of University Women, 2011-2012